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27 February 2020
Lifestyle, Jean-Claude Biver, LVMH, HUBLOT, Patek Philippe
Jean-Claude Biver: A Retrospective is a free exhibition featuring many of the most important pieces from a lifetime of collecting by one of the watch industry's true legends

Much has been written about the great watch entrepreneur Jean-Claude Biver. About his watches, however, not so much. Mindful of his collection, however, has been Phillips, which last November launched a touring exhibition in association with Bacs & Russo of Biver's personal timepieces during the annual Geneva watch sales.

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Hublot Bigger Bang Prototype Tourbillon

Since then it's visited Hong Kong, New York and now the collection has arrived in London, where the horological enthusiast, or simply those beloved of beautiful objects, can survey a lifetime's work: some gifted (an Omega Constellation received on the occasion of Biver's confirmation), some well and truly earned (a prototype of the Hublot Big Bang with which he relaunched the brand in 1994) and many more collected over a lifetime at the beating heart of the industry.

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Patek Philippe Ref 96HU 'Heures Universelles'

Besides notable timepieces by Rolex, Audemars Piguet (where, early on in his career, Biver helped launch the Royal Oak) and Patek Philippe (including one of only two known examples of its earliest “Heures Universelles” world-timer), the exhibition features more recent examples of the watchmaker’s art, including one of Phillipe Dufour’s highly collectible, 200-piece Simplicity series.

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Jean-Claude, who retired last year from the LVMH Watch Division, where he served as its president as well as CEO of TAG Heuer, is clearly a fan of contemporary watchmaking – evidenced by the presence of rising star Rexhep Rexhepi’s GPHG-winning Chronometre Contemporain in his collection (he received the very first piece on his 70th birthday last year, a gift from Asia’s leading luxury watch retailer, Hour Glass).

In addition to the exhibition, which runs from 24 to 28 February, Biver himself will be present for a series of panel discussions and lectures


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Via British GQ